SFCC of­fers cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses


Santa Fe will host the in­au­gu­ral Next Gen­er­a­tionWater Sum­mit on June 4-6. This first-of-its-kind, na­tional event will fea­ture three ed­u­ca­tional tracks, two key­note speak­ers and an expo, all at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The event be­gins with the Green Expo, an ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sented by the Santa Fe Green Cham­ber of Com­merce. City Coun­cilor Peter Ives de­clared, “The City of Santa Fe is hon­ored to host theNex­tGen­er­a­tionWater Sum­mit, which is de­signed to con­tinue the di­a­logue on how we can and must do more with less wa­ter.”

Wa­ter scarcity is emerg­ing as a crit­i­cal chal­lenge to the western United States. The lim­its of wa­ter could halt con­struc­tion in the west, bring­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to a stand­still. This sum­mit brings to­gether a broad range of stake­hold­ers to de­velop strate­gies that in­te­grate a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests and de­velop real so­lu­tions.

Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege, the ed­u­ca­tional part­ner, spon­sors three wa­ter-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses. Pre-Sum­mit cour­ses in­clude aWater Ef­fi­ciency Rat­ing Score (WERS) ver­i­fier course, an ARCSA Rain­wa­ter Har­vest­ing AP course, and a Qual­i­fiedWater Ef­fi­cient Land­scaper (QWEL) course.

TheWERS course is a three-day class and if the test is passed, re­sults in an WERS ver­i­fier cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that en­ti­tles the in­di­vid­ual to per­form WERS au­dits. WERS is now re­quired for new home per­mits in the City of Santa Fe; see www. wers.us for more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram.

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the two-day ARCSA course can be used to sub­mit plans in the county for rain­wa­ter sys­tem per­mits. This course is per­fect for those that want to get into the rain­wa­ter pro­fes­sion or for those that just want to know how rain­wa­ter sys­tems work. See www.arcsa.org for de­tails.

The QWEL course is three days and pass­ing the test gets you the QWEL/EPA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. This course pro­vides a deep dive into how ir­ri­ga­tion works and how sys­tems can be au­dited re­sult­ing in rec­om­men­da­tions to be more ef­fi­cient. The City of Santa Fe cur­rently of­fers a re­bate for city wa­ter users re­quest­ing a QWEL au­dit, which must be per­formed by a QWEL pro­fes­sional. You can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.qwel.net.

Visit www.Nex­tGen­er­a­tionWaterSum­mit.com to regis­ter for these cour­ses, the FREE pub­lic expo, and the Next Gen­er­a­tionWater Sum­mit.

Wa­ter is crit­i­cal to our life in North­ern New Mex­ico and con­se­quently our knowl­edge about wa­ter is key to our way of life. These cour­ses and the Next Gen­er­a­tionWater Sum­mit are pro­vid­ing us an op­por­tu­nity to learn, as well as build a ca­reer in the wa­ter in­dus­try. Wa­ter is go­ing to be more and more crit­i­cal as our pop­u­la­tion grows and as the cli­mate warms. Know­ing how we can use wa­ter ef­fi­ciently, how we can re­use wa­ter and the best uses for reused­wa­ter of­fer us a way to main­tain our lifestyle for cur­rent gen­er­a­tion and gen­er­a­tions to come.

Doug Pushard, founder of the web­site www.Har­vestH2o.com, has de­signed and in­stalled res­i­den­tial rain­wa­ter sys­tems for over a decade. He is a mem­ber of the Santa FeWater Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee, a life­time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Rain­wa­ter Catch­ment Sys­tems As­so­ci­a­tion, and an EPAWaterSense Part­ner. He can be reached at [email protected]­vestH2o.com.

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